Dawson County, Nebraska

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Dawson County is a county located in the U.S. state of Nebraska. As of 2000, the population was 24,365. Its county seat is Lexington[1].

Dawson County is part of the Lexington, Nebraska, Micropolitan Statistical Area.

In the Nebraska license plate system, Dawson County is represented by the prefix 18 (it had the eighteenth-largest number of vehicles registered in the county when the license plate system was established in 1922).



According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,019 square miles (2,639.2 km2), of which 1,013 square miles (2,623.7 km2) is land and 6 square miles (15.5 km2) (0.62%) is water.

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Dawson County was formed in 1860. Sources differ on the origin of its name: some hold that it was named after a Democratic Pennsylvania Congressman, John Littleton Dawson,[2] while others believe that it was named after Jacob Dawson, an early settler.[3]


1860 - 16
1870 - 103
1880 - 2,909
1890 - 10,129
1900 - 12,264
1910 - 15,961
1920 - 16,004
1930 - 17,875
1940 - 17,890
1950 - 19,393
1960 - 19,405
1970 - 19,771
1980 - 22,304
1990 - 19,940
2000 - 24,365

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 24,365 people, 8,824 households, and 6,273 families residing in the county. The population density was 24 people per square mile (9/km²). There were 9,805 housing units at an average density of 10 per square mile (4/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 82.32% White, 0.31% Black or African American, 0.67% Native American, 0.66% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 14.49% from other races, and 1.53% from two or more races. 25.36% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 32.0% were of German, 6.7% American, 6.7% Irish and 6.4% English ancestry according to Census 2000.

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